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By Lynne Garnereducational and craft writer

Inspire children in their role play activities and creative play with these fabulous hat projects. Easy to make and perfect for imaginative games – who will they pretend to be today?


Headwear tells you so much about a person. For example, everyone recognises a pirate’s distinctive hat; you expect Sherlock Holmes to be wearing a deer stalker; a witch always wears a pointy black hat with stars and moons on it! Many hats are easy to make using card or fun foam and can be used to discuss the idea of identity. They provide an opportunity to talk about different jobs and children can use them to act out stories, poems and rhymes. These six different types of hats are sure to inspire creative fun and imaginative role play…

Activities in this article:

  1. Party hat
  2. Crown
  3. Stripy hat
  4. Chef’s hat
  5. Jester hat
  6. Pirate hat

Items to keep in your cupboard:

  • A range of coloured paper, thin card and fun foam in various colours
  • Tissue paper
  • PVA glue
  • Double-sided sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencils, crayons, chalk or paint
  • Embellishments such as feathers, pom poms, glitter, buttons and so on.
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